G20 protestor died of haemorrhage, coroner says

A coroner's report says a man who was shoved by police at G20 protests in London this month died of an abdominal haemorrhage, not a heart attack, as previously thought. The case has raised questions about police tactics at the demonstration.


AFP - A man who died shortly after being knocked over by police at G20 protests suffered an abdominal haemorrhage and not a heart attack as previously thought, his family's solicitors said Friday.

Almost at the same time a police watchdog body said a police officer suspended after the death of Ian Tomlinson earlier this month has been questioned on suspicion of manslaughter.

Tomlinson, 47, who was not taking part in the April 1 demonstration in London, was filmed being hit by an officer with a baton shortly before he collapsed.

The case has raised concerns about police tactics at the demonstration.

An initial post-mortem examination found he suffered a heart attack but a statement issued by the City Of London Coroner's Court through Tomlinson's family solicitors Tuckers said a second examination by coroner Doctor Nat Cary had rejected this.

"Doctor Cary's opinion is that the cause of death was abdominal haemorrhage. The cause of the haemorrhage remains to be ascertained," the statement said.

Meanwhile the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the watchdog body charged with investigating allegations against the police, said the second post mortem had led to a change of questioning of the officer involved.

"Following the initial results of the second post-mortem, a Metropolitan Police officer has been interviewed under caution for the offence of manslaughter as part of an ongoing inquiry into the death of Ian Tomlinson," it said.

The head of London's Metropolitan Police, Paul Stephenson, called in government inspectors to examine the force's tactics in dealing with mass protests following Tomlinson's death.

Stephenson has also said that footage of clashes will be reviewed to see if any other incidents need to be looked at.

Nearly 150 complaints have been made to the IPCC about officers' behaviour during two days of protests over the G20 London summit on April 2. Around 70 involve claims of excessive force.

The IPCC is also looking into the case of an animal rights activist, Nicola Fisher, who was filmed being slapped across the face and hit with a baton during the demonstrations.


Daily newsletterReceive essential international news every morning